Moving houses with pets can be highly stressful for you and your fur baby without preparation.
Moving day can be stressful for anyone, especially for your pets. Pets are innately aware of when their surroundings begin to change. From the disassembling process of your furniture to the furniture removalists just doing their job.
Any changes in their environment can trigger an anxious response, making it difficult for you to stay in control when the action starts happening. Having a plan before, during, and the days after moving will mitigate any situations that may occur to make you and your pets moving experience much better.
Since 2016, Right-Way Relocations, we pride ourselves as the best removalist in Adelaide. A South Australia own company which provides a wide range of services in relation to moving. You could contact us to obtain information to better assist your next future move.
Here are our tips to help you move with pets.
Go For A Check-Up Before You Start Packing
Your dog or cat may need anti-anxiety medication to help with the stress that is bound to come with moving. If your dog has had previous problems with anxiety, getting your pet some medication may help your furry friend adjust to the new surroundings and make the experience more straightforward.
This is also an excellent time to collect any veterinary records and certificates you may need. See if your vet can recommend any practices around your new area!
Exercise Your Pet In The New Area (If Possible)
If you’re able to, exercising your dog in a park they’ll regularly go to will help your pup get used to any new scents and the area itself. Walking your dog around your new neighbourhood relaxes your dog as it feels as if it knows its surroundings more. If you’ve got cats, introducing them to a crate can be an effective way to lessen any nervousness that may occur.
Pack Your Pets Belongings Last
Leaving your pets’ belongings till last will reduce stress, especially the night before. Packing them away in an easy-to-find box will help when it finally comes to moving into your new home.
Preparing an emergency kit is always a good idea for any emergencies that may arrive. Include gear like their regular food and treats, plenty of water and bowls, leashes, crate, pillows, blankets, doggy bags, kitty litter box, and paper towels for messy moments.
To prevent travel sickness if you’re driving a long distance, not feeding them for at least 6 hours beforehand can help. If your pet has a history of travel sickness, purchasing some medication from the vet is a good idea.
Keep Your Pet Safe During Moving Day
Suppose you’re hiring a professional furniture removalist to help with all the heavy lifting. In that case, it’s best practice to either book your pet into a daycare like the ones provided by the RSPCA for half a day. Or drop them off with a family member to get looked after while all the action goes on.
If that is not possible, keeping your pets in a safe room they feel comfortable in is key. Move out all unnecessary furniture from that room a day or two before moving.
Keeping your pets out of the way of furniture removalists will keep everyone safe from unwanted accidents. Remember to inform the furniture removalists that your pets are safely located in that room so that no nasty accidents can happen.
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Provide plenty of food & water, put beds in there. You can mute any loud sounds with some relaxing music, provide a place to go potty or get them to go beforehand, and cover up any windows to let your pets get a nice nap while you get to work.
Driving With Your Pet
Give your pet plenty of opportunities to take a toilet break before the drive. Once driving, it’s best to minimise the number of stops for your pet as the different surroundings can stress your pet out.
Having your pet snuggled safely away in a crate can help with anxiety.
A pet seatbelt can attach to the crate to secure the pet carrier further so that any significant movement like turning is negated. Some pets even like a blanket covered to minimise visual stimulation.
Make Sure The House And Backyard Are Secured Before Introducing The Pets
Cover up any places where they could escape. Check that the fence is strong and deep enough to prevent puppies from digging or jumping their way out. If that’s not possible, keeping your pet on a leash while they start to explore their new surroundings is crucial for their safety.
Make sure that all poisonous plants are removed from the backyard. You can find a list of plants that are toxic to dogs and a list of plants that are toxic to cats here.
If you’ve got a cat, keeping them inside as much as possible to get slowly used to their new surroundings can prevent them from escaping. Cats, although highly intuitive, can become lost easily in a new environment.
If you have an outside cat, this might be an excellent time to reacclimatise them into an indoor cat. This can be a slow progress, but it’ll keep your feline safe.
Set Up Their New Room First
Put all your pets’ belongings into their new room first. This gives them a place to go after exploring their new home. Your fur babies will need extra care and attention during these first few days. It’s essential to make this process as smooth as possible.
Remember, if your pet urinates in the wrong place, don’t scold them. Just praise them when they go in the right place. Doing this may encourage them to go there more.
Update Their Info
Getting your pet’s microchip details updated to your new house is essential. Don’t forget to change their collar if you previously had your old address.
Immediately Try To Go Back To Your Old Routines
This is important as it shows consistency and keeps your pet’s energy levels down.
Walk your dog at the same time as you used to. Feed your pets at the same time, and try to keep as much of the routine from your old house as possible.
Exercising your pets can help destress them by remarkable amounts!
Contact the team at Right-Way Relocations for a local removalist who can help with your next move.